Rudraprayag Superintendent of Police (SP) Prahlad Meena said, "The trekkers have been stranded at the glacier for two days now. A team was despatched for the rescue operations today [Wednesday] morning, but we haven't been able to contact the team yet."
On August 14 at 9.30 in the night, Patil left the base camp of Mount Stok Kangri in Leh with his friend Prashant Nagpure, to reach the peak and hoist the national flag to mark the 70th Independence Day.
After a black belt in karate and taekwando,and playing basketball and football in age category nationals,when a 16-year old Arjun Vajpai came back from an advanced level course in mountaineering to tell his mother that he wants to climb Mt. Everest,her response was: "Ya sure,and I want to go to the moon."